Who We Are

OUR STORY

Our story really starts with a small handful of individuals, local foundations, and committed organizations; all of whom were willing to invest time, resource, and focus, towards a more holistic approach to advancing equity and inclusion. This investment in something different, something more comprehensive, something that changes the status quo, is the foundation for Center for Equity and Inclusion (CEI).

To honor this investment, CEI has brought together a group of highly qualified individuals who share a deep-seated commitment to building equitable and inclusive communities. We use the word “communities” purposely as we see the workplace as a community, a classroom as a community, our businesses as communities, our boardrooms as communities. We see community existing wherever we come together under a common purpose or mission. Every staff member at CEI is united by a belief that we have the capacity to build communities in which every member is included, connected and contributing to their potential.

Our team brings diverse personal and professional experiences, unique skill sets, and an ability to both personalize and strategically operationalize the work with our partners. Learn more about us below.

Hanif Fazal

Hanif Fazal

Chief Executive Officer
Frewine Kiros

Frewine Kiros

Vice President of Program and Partnership
Michelle Johnson

Michelle Johnson

Equity Consultant/Facilitator
Tobias Sherwood

Tobias Sherwood

Equity Consultant/Facilitator
Stephanie Ghoston

Stephanie Ghoston

Equity Consultant/Facilitator
Amy Burtaine

Amy Burtaine

Equity Consultant/Facilitator
Robin Eisenbach

Robin Eisenbach

Equity Consultant/Facilitator
Velynn Brown

Velynn Brown

Equity Consultant
Rachel Lawrence

Rachel Lawrence

Equity Consultant
Marisol Naranjo-Herrera

Marisol Naranjo-Herrera

Equity Consultant
Xochilth Franklin

Xochilth Franklin

Operations Manager
Kayla Greer

Kayla Greer

Program Specialist
Shafina Fazal-Gardner

Shafina Fazal-Gardner

Director of Business Development
Robin Johnson

Robin Johnson

Director of Equity Advancement
Kate Woicke

Kate Woicke

Director of Educational Equity
Karen Belsey

Karen Belsey

Director of Operations

Let’s Work Together

The Center for Equity and Inclusion does comprehensive equity work with various types of organizations. Become an equity leader in your field – inquire how we can be a support to you!